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Poster: Skobud Date: May 23, 2014 7:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Space is the Place


-He was a prolific composer who wrote over 1,000 tunes

-He was an accomplished pianist on acoustic and electric keyboards of all sorts

-He was a bandleader of small-to-medium-size experimental jazz combos

-He was a ringleader of a 20-to-30-piece big band ("Arkestra") with full costumes, dancers and overhead projections

-He was a well-read man whose personal philosophy drew from Egyptology, black Freemasonry, Biblical exegesis, science and science fiction and most anything else that lay outside the traditional domains of scholarship

-He was an enigma to some jazz critics and enjoyed relatively little mainstream success

-He appeared of Rolling Stone magazine and as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live

-He was lionized by both white bohemians and Black Arts pioneers

-He was a black person who "arrived" in the American South in 1914, a conscientious objector in World War II and a participant — along with 6 million others — in the mid-century Great Migration of African Americans

-He was, according to him, not from this planet, with no family and not a human